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Houses in Preston are worth almost 50% more with the addition of a garden

In CategoryCreating gardens, Tim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe


Is Your Garden Worth It – in terms of the value of your property and its saleability the answer is defiantly Yes !! 

· Based on Hatched’s live property ads, houses in Preston are worth a staggering 44% more with the addition of a garden

· Properties in London were worth 9% more if they had an outdoor space

· Homes in Manchester, however, instead showed a minor decrease in property value for those with the addition of a garden area

· Full findings can be viewed here

Is Your Garden Worth It? – With conflicting information and research on the subject, online estate agency Hatched add to the conversation, and help to answer this question.

The research looked at numerous factor, including: typical garden use; just how important gardens are to modern-day homeowners; and to see whether having a garden adds any value onto your home.

Using live ‘For Sale’ ads on the Hatched.co.uk site, the house listings were analysed to see if having a garden significantly improved a property’s value or not.

Using this methodology, the results suggest that house prices do indeed have a much higher average value when a property has a garden. Properties in the capital, for example, were worth 9% more with an outdoor space.

In Preston, however, this increase was even more significant. Out of the 31 current live ads, the average property value sits at just over the £100k mark (£106,127). Of these, the average cost with a garden equals £121,664, compared to just £84,615 without (£37,049 difference). Properties, therefore, were worth a staggering 44% more with the addition of a garden.

There was one minor anomaly, however… Properties in Manchester seemed to have a better average value without a garden, but this was only marginally (just a 1.7% difference).

The research also found that:

Garden Size:

· Gardens appear to be getting smaller (average size of 16.8m2 in 1983, compared to 14m2 in 2015), and this trend is expected to continue

· As such, speculation that the size of an average garden at the end of 2018 (next year) might measure just 12.6 metres squared

Garden Use:

· The majority (32.68%, around a third) of people admitted that they only use their garden around 20 times per year (equating to just once or twice a month)

· More than one in ten people (12.18%), however, said that they use their garden more than once a week

· The main reasons that people want a garden include: for their children to enjoy (23%); for pets (20.8%); for socialising (18.04%); for gardening or enjoying wildlife (18%); and, in some cases, to enjoy the weather (14.4%)

· A third (32.97%) of those over 55 considered a garden as being ‘very important’, compared to only one in ten of under 35s (8.38%)

· Overall, having a garden is ‘not a priority’ for those aged under 35 years-old

The full findings can be viewed here


Adam Day, Managing Director at Hatched, commented on the findings:

“In the past, there has been lots of conflicting research on the subject. For example, an article last year claimed that a good garden can add up to 20% more value to a property, whereas another stated that south-facing gardens carry a premium of just 0.37 percent over those with north-facing plots, dispelling previous myths that south-facing means more for your cash.

“As such, we decided to look into the subject more closely, to see if we could find any correlation or trends in the value of our current live property ads and whether they had a garden or not.

“While many other factors may also come into account for property valuations and house prices, including (but not limited to): size; location; design; appliances; and so on, it was interesting to see that, on the whole, having a garden does make a positive difference.”



How To Grow Mistletoe In Your Garden.

In CategoryCreating gardens, Tim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Mistletoe has always been a bit of an enigma, and although it’s a parasite on some of our native deciduous plants it holds such a serene beauty that it’s captured the imagination of European cultures throughout the ages. Thankfully, as a native to the UK, it’s relative easy to grow mistletoe from seed, but along with the decline of our fruit industry – the apple tree is one of its predominant host plants – the mistletoe is no longer as common as it had once been. But with a little effort, and a touch of patience, your garden may well provide the next host for this beautiful and enigmatic species.

To save leaving mistletoe seed germination to chance, you can improve your germination rates by following these six tips for successfully growing mistletoe from seed.

1. The best time to propagate mistletoe is from Early January  to April when the seed is fully ripe. Try to obtain seed from a host plant similar to the one you want to sow onto as this gives the best chance of germination. If you are obtaining your seed from shop bought mistletoe the chances are that they have been imported in from French apple groves located in Normandy and Brittany. If theberries have been stored then re-hydrate them for a few hours in a little water. Whether they are fresh or stored, the seed will need to be squeezed out of the berry, along with a quantity of its sticky , viscous flesh, known as viscin.

2. Harvest intact berries only, because if the berry skin ruptures the contents inside will harden hindering germination. Unfortunately germination rates for mistletoe seed can be quite low as only about 10% of their seeds survive to becoming a mature plant. With this in mind it’s advisable to propagate at least twenty seeds, as when mature, mistletoe will require both male and female plants to produce berries.

3. When choosing your host tree bare in mind the mistletoe’s preferences – apples are first, then poplars, limes, false acacia, and then hawthorn. Occasionally they have been known to grow on oak.

4. Select a branch 10cm (4in) or more in girth, preferably on a tree at least 15 years old. If possible sow seeds in the crooks of the higher branches so that sufficient light can reach the seedlings as they grows Mark each berry with some coloured string to identify where they have been positioned. Alternatively make shallow cuts into the bark, remove the seed coats from the seeds, and insert them under the bark flaps. Cover the flaps with hessian and secure the bark back in place with twine protecting the seed from birds.

5. Germination is fairly rapid and a short green hypocotyl (a growing tip which bears the embryonic leaves) should appear and bend to make contact with the host bark. At this stage these tiny plants are particularly susceptible to grazing invertebrates and birds. They are also prone to dehydration until their roots have connected with the hosts vascular system. If all goes well the hypocotyl will remain unchanged until the following February. Only then will a small newplant appear.

6. As the mistletoe develops the host branch will begin to swell in girth. Growth of this juvenile plant will remain slow taking five years to reach berrying-size. If either all male, or all female plants develop you can attach more seeds the mistletoe parent plant. Strangely mistletoe will readily act as a host to its own parasitic seed.

Magical mistletoe its been around in folk law for many year their is even evidence of the druides using mistletoe. One of the stranger uses of it was in southern Spain were newly weds place mistletoe under the wedding night bed to promote fertility

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